Saturday, October 13, 2012

Baked Pita Chips

Nothing irritates me more than seeing a $3 bag of pita chips in the store.  You can get a package of pita bread usually for $1 or LESS!  I find that unless you have a store in your area that makes it or gets it fresh you will usually find pita bread a little on the dry side.  That is actually perfect because pita bread that is a day or so old is the BEST for making your own pita chips!  What is the benefit of doing it yourself?  You save money, you control what is in/on them, you save some calories from using less fat.  They are super easy and fast to make and great to have on hand…used whole wheat pita for added nutritional benefit!  I like them nice and simple like this but you can also flavor them with dried herbs, garlic powder, flavored oils, or whatever you like.

  • 1 package (about 6) Pita Bread
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Sea Salt

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

First, slice the pita bread into quarters.  I like to separate the pieces so they are a little bit thinner.  Lay them out on a sheet pan in close to a single layer (you can overlap slightly).

Second, drizzle sparingly with the oil and sprinkle with salt.  I use a decent Extra Virgin Olive Oil because you want something that tastes good since there is so little going on to compete with the flavor. 

Finally, bake for about 15 – 20 minutes until JUST golden brown.  If you don’t separate the layers then you may want to cook a bit longer and they will be super crunchy.

How easy is this?!  One package of pita bread will make a big bowl of chips.  You will probably have to do this in 2 batches.  I like these with any dip really, but especially hummus.  These are a great accompaniment for soups as well!  Enjoy!

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